What it’s really like to make apps for a living

Google Software Engineer, Mathew Blair

Mathew Blair has created a mobile art app that takes you on a tour of Melbourne’s public art.

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Mathew Blair, now a Google software engineer, is a 2015 graduate of the University of Melbourne’s program and says the emphasis on collaboration prepares students for working with real-world clients. “There’s a huge focus on working in larger teams, which is really indicative of what it’s like to work in the industry,” he says.

In addition to learning in a classroom, students undertake a year-long project working in teams developing a software solution for a client.

“We had the opportunity to operate like a 10-person start-up with industry involvement,” Mathew says.


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During the program, Mathew developed Marty (Melbourne is Arty), a mobile art app that helped users explore Melbourne’s public art. The app, which was created for the Committee for Melbourne, offered real-time guided tours and provided information on each artwork.

“Marty was designed to get people out and about in the City of Melbourne,” Mathew says. “It was a free gift to the city to get people engaged in the public art world, even from their hotel room!”

Mathew says the best thing about being a Google software engineer is being able to create positive change in a short time.

“The real beauty of it is I can smash out a new project over a weekend that can change the world,” he says.


TO GET THERE: Bachelor of Science or Design, University of Melbourne
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“The real beauty of it is I can smash out a new project over a weekend that can change the world.”

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